When people in poverty can tap into their talents

and wisely use the land they live on, 

they can shape their lives

for a better tomorrow.

 

HELPING THEM MAKE THIS JOURNEY IS WHAT WE DO.

 A scene at the intersection of persistent poverty and a distressed environment in Haiti

 A scene at the intersection of persistent poverty and a distressed environment in Haiti

 

Across the globe, there are places of persistent extreme poverty that lie at the intersection of particular landscapes and populations.

Rural Haiti is such a place - where people are bound in poverty to a landscape that is stressed by the highest population density in the Western Hemisphere. It is an endemic humanitarian and environmental crisis. 

 

WHAT CAN BE DONE ?

 

This is the question that led Partner For People & Place to put down roots in Haiti.  There, we are JP (Jatrofa Projenou) and we work with communities and families to develop solutions to the poverty they face - not Band-Aid solutions, but lasting ones that are based on economics, ecology, and practicality.

 

With over 10 years on the job, we know what works. 

HEAL THE LAND

GROW LOCAL ENTERPRISE

TEACH LIVELIHOOD SKILLS

WORK WITH PEOPLE AS PARTNERS

 

 

 

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HEAL THE LAND

 

HELP PEOPLE RESTORE THE ECOLOGICAL CAPACITY OF THE LANDSCAPE TO SUPPORT THEM

 
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GROW  LOCAL ENTERPRISE

HELP PEOPLE PRODUCE GOODS, SERVICES AND JOBS

 
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TEACH LIVELIHOOD SKILLS

HELP PEOPLE ACQUIRE THE SKILLS TO MAKE A LIVING

 
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WORK WITH PEOPLE AS  PARTNERS

HAITIANS AND AMERICANS PUTTING THEIR HEADS TOGETHER

 
 
 
 
 
 

Trees and Bread

What it takes to reforest Haiti

 
To see the earth as it truly is, small and blue and beautiful in the eternal silence where it floats, is to see ourselves as riders on the earth together - riders on that bright loveliness in the eternal cold, brothers who know now they are truly brothers
— Archibald MacLeish

NE HAITI ECONOMIC FACTS-

  • A typical family lives with the high stress of economic insecurity with no safety net. 
  • More than 90% of adults earn less than $40/month.
  • Most working age people cannot find employment with regular wages and rely on subsistence ad hoc work.   
  • With a healthy-life-expectancy of only 44 years, and half the population under age 22, unemployment falls heavily on young families.

 NE HAITI ENVIRONMENTAL FACTS

  • 85-90% of land is deforested, most of it for longer than 50 years. 
  • Loss of tree cover has impacted regional climate and hydrology:  less rainfall; more runoff; less groundwater; increased drought; increased frequency of extreme flooding and loss of life.
  • The majority of the regional landscape has slopes greater than 25%, with mountain sides typically 50%..
  • Northern Haiti is at very high seismic risk, with regular tremors.
  • Deforestation has led to massive soil loss, reduced farm productivity and hunger.
  • Massive erosion has led to silt-choked waterways, and landslides, triggered by Haiti's frequent seismic tremors.